Des Allemands Mennonite Church (Des Allemands, Louisiana, USA)
The Des Allemands Mennonite Church is located thirty miles (50 km) west of New Orleans, Louisiana near U.S. Highway 90, on "The Old Spanish Trail." It is a member of the Gulf States Mennonite Fellowship (MC USA), and had a membership of 56 in 2010. A congregation was organized in the spring of 1918 but existed only a few years because nearly all of the members moved away. In the spring of 1936, C. A. Wenger and wife moved back to Des Allemands. That fall their son and wife and one daughter with her husband moved to Des Allemands. Shortly after they were established, bishops A. O. Histand, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and E. S. Hallman, Tuleta, Texas, ordained John E. Wenger as minister and Lester Hackman as deacon. With the exception of these two families, all members in 1955 were natives. Nearly all were of Cajun descent and Catholic background. The pastor in 2010 was Troy Farris.
In 2015 the Des Allemands congregation left the Gulf States Mennonite Conference. This move was part of a larger realignment of Mennonite congregations in the 2010s that were formerly part of Mennonite Church USA. These congregations were unhappy with Mennonite Church USA's failure to take stronger disciplinary actions against area conferences and congregations who expressed openness to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. Des Allemands continued as an independent Mennonite congregation associated with the Good News Fellowship.
Address: 17447 Old Spanish Trail, Des Allemands Louisiana 70030
|Samuel J. Steiner|
|Date Published||June 2017|
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Hershey, Paul and Samuel J. Steiner. "Des Allemands Mennonite Church (Des Allemands, Louisiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2017. Web. 2 Apr 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Des_Allemands_Mennonite_Church_(Des_Allemands,_Louisiana,_USA)&oldid=165687.
Hershey, Paul and Samuel J. Steiner. (June 2017). Des Allemands Mennonite Church (Des Allemands, Louisiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 2 April 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Des_Allemands_Mennonite_Church_(Des_Allemands,_Louisiana,_USA)&oldid=165687.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 55. All rights reserved.
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